Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Two of the NBA’s hottest groups took to the courtroom at Gainbridge Fieldhouse the evening earlier than Thanksgiving, but it surely was the guests who walked away with the candy style of victory.
The Minnesota Timberwolves (10-8) squandered a five-game successful streak over the Indiana Pacers (10-7) with a 115-101 win on the highway Wednesday.
Indiana led solely as soon as within the sport — by only one level within the third quarter.
The win was the fifth in a row for the Timberwolves.
The Minnesota massive males gave the Pacers a tough time all evening, as three-time NBA Defensive Participant of the Yr Rudy Gobert completed with 21 factors and 16 rebounds and All-Star ahead Karl Anthony-Cities recorded 23 factors and 11 boards. Total, the Pacers had been outscored within the paint 74-38 and rebounded 50-30.
Pacers heart Myles Turner had a robust outing, scoring 31 factors whereas rookie Bennedict Mathurin scored 21 factors.
At first, the Pacers fell behind.
After trailing 17 factors within the first quarter, the Pacers lower the rating to 53-48 at intermission.
The Blue & Gold got here off the sector chilly, capturing simply eight of 26 (4-for-9 3-pointers) within the first quarter, however managed to chop the deficit to 29-21 within the closing seconds of the primary quarter.
Off the purpose, the Timberwolves went 8-0 because the Pacers missed their first 5 pictures.
A Buddy Hield 3-pointer took the rim cowl off after three scoreless minutes for the Pacers earlier than Aaron Nesmith hit a trey to make it 10-6.
Minnesota then responded with an 11-2 run, together with 9 unanswered runs, to steer 21-8 with 4:22 on the clock.
Within the closing 1:43 of the primary quarter, the Pacers led an 8-2 run, anchored by a four-point play from Mathruin.
Whereas Indiana struggled on offense, Minnesota got here out robust making 13 of 23 pictures within the first quarter.
“I believe we acquired out of our sport,” Turner mentioned. “I believe we have to get off to a greater begin. As we begin taking up these groups in West and Brooklyn (on) Friday, these groups which might be in playoff rivalry, you possibly can’t begin gradual with them as a result of they will bury you.
The Pacers had a really completely different begin to the second quarter, opening with a 7-0 run on 5 factors from Mathruin to make it a one-possession sport with 10 minutes left at halftime.
Minnesota managed to construct far till a 9-1 run — on three runs from Mathurin, level guard Tyrese Haliburton and Turner every — introduced it all the way down to 43-41 with 3:34 to go.
A pair of baskets by the Timberwolves within the closing 26.3 seconds made it 53-48 on the break.
Mathruin led all scorers with 16 factors and Turner had 10 factors for the Pacers, who shot 17 for 47 (8 for 19 3-pointers) within the first half. Gobert led the Timberwolves with 11 factors because the guests shot 55% within the first half.
Turner was unstoppable off the break, scoring 15 of the staff’s first 20 factors, together with a trio of 3-pointers and a posterizing dunk over Jaden McDaniels to chop the Pacers’ deficit to 72-70 with 4:28 into the third quarter.
Regardless of Turner’s burst of targets, the Timberwolves used a pair of quick scoring streaks to push their result in 87-77 on the finish of 24 minutes.
Within the third quarter, it was a battle of the greats, as Turner had 15 factors whereas Cities scored 13 within the body.
The closest the Pacers got here to the lead within the closing body was 9 factors.
A 3-pointer from Anthony Edwards and a straight 4 from Gobert prolonged the Timberwolves halfway by way of the fourth quarter to 101-86 and the Pacers could not make a comeback.
Haliburton completed with 10 factors and 14 assists for his eleventh double-double of the season, which continues to steer all NBA guards.
5 completely different gamers have scored in double figures for the Timberwolves.
On the sector, the Pacers had been 37 for 96 (16 for 44 3-pointers) to the Timberwolves’ 47-for-78 (13 for 17 3-pointers).
“It was robust,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle mentioned. “It is fairly clear that we do not shock anybody anymore. A staff like Minnesota is a staff with loads of veterans they usually got here in with the concept that they bodily wished to have loads of disposition and presence to begin the sport, they usually made it troublesome for us defensively. And so we clearly did loads of issues not very effectively.
“The rebound wasn’t good, our capturing was poor,” Carlisle continued. “That they had one thing to do with it. We fought, however they had been simply higher tonight.
Stats of the evening
Minnesota’s 74 factors within the paint are essentially the most the Pacers have given up in a single sport this season. Beforehand, on Nov. 9, the Pacers gave up 60 factors within the paint to New Orleans.
Minnesota is averaging 5.6 blocks per sport this season. The staff totaled 10 blocks in opposition to the Pacers, led by 4 from McDaniels.
The Timberwolves beat the Pacers in second likelihood factors 19-4 and fast break factors 22-14.
When 5 or extra gamers rating in double figures for the Pacers, the staff is now 7-4.
Turner’s 31 factors are the second most he has scored in a sport this season. He scored 37 factors in opposition to New Orleans on November 7.
Haliburton has had precisely 14 assists in three straight video games and completed in double digits 12 instances this season.
Mathurin, who continues to steer all rookies in scoring, has scored at the least 20 factors in eight video games.
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“We have to watch a film and see what we did incorrect and get again to (our) defensive rules. I believe we had been within the incorrect place tonight. I do not know what occurred there, but it surely wasn’t us defensively. – Hield by giving up 74 factors within the paint
“They simply had a tough time holding me…. They seemed for me all evening. I continued to be aggressive and had a fantastic consequence. – Turner on his rating
“We struggled, actually, on either side. I would not say it was a single ending. I assumed it was a mix. It is a sport and it felt like two or three losses, they had been simply coming at us in waves. Nevertheless it’s a sport and we’ve got to be taught from it. … What units our staff aside from another groups is our connectivity, our sharing of the ball. And we simply did not transfer effectively offensively tonight. And you already know, whenever you’re not related offensively, your protection struggles the identical method. – Carlisle on shedding
As of Wednesday evening’s video games, the Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers had the longest successful streaks at 5 video games apiece.
Chris Duarte has missed an eighth straight sport as a consequence of harm. The Pacers had been additionally with out Andrew Nembhard and Isaiah Jackson.
The Pacers’ five-game successful streak was its longest successful streak for the reason that 2019-20 season. Throughout this season, the Pacers have gained 5 consecutive video games on three events.
Broadcast data (TV and radio listings >>)
TV: Bally Sports activities Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (secondary reporter/host)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (secondary reporter/host)
The Pacers wrap up a four-game homestand on Friday, Nov. 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET after they host Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Discover tickets >>
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